The Ball State University Singers, Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors, have been invited to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall concert venue in New York City. 

The group is performing, along with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Fort Hamilton High School Symphonic Band, in the May 29 Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) program, “English Masters: Britten & Howells.” The performance begins at 2 p.m. ET at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Tickets are available for purchase on the Carnegie Hall website. 

In preparation for this performance, the University Singers and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will present their “Carnegie Hall Preview Concert” at 5 p.m. ET May 22 at Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State campus. This performance will feature a combined chorus of more than 80 singers accompanied by Sursa Hall’s magnificent Goulding & Wood pipe organ. 

Tickets to this program, which will feature the choral masterworks of Benjamin Britten and Herbert Howells, are also available for purchase. 

Dr. Alan Alder, instructor of music in Ball State’s School of Music, and producer/director of the University Singers, said his group is grateful to Michael Davis, conductor and assistant artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, for inviting them to perform later this month at Carnegie Hall. The May 22 performance at Sursa Hall, Dr. Alder said, will be an ideal opportunity to rehearse their material in front of a live audience. 

“A performance such as this gives the members of the University Singers the chance to perform music that is somewhat outside of the box in terms of what they usually perform,” Dr. Alder said. “They typically perform a wide range of popular music, but for this event they will be performing some very significant traditional music by two important British composers from the 20th Century—Benjamin Britten and Herbert Howells.” 

Since 1964, the University Singers have been recognized as one of America’s top collegiate entertainment organizations. The group, open to all majors by audition, is composed of 40 students including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and sound technicians. The touring ensemble, recognized as Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors, performs multiple times per year throughout the state and nation, ending each season with the “Spectacular” performance on Ball State’s campus. 

For more information, and for a list of upcoming events, visit the University Singers website.